English: Writing, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 36

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48

Upper-Division Hours Within Major: 15


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B375 P696

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
  • A grade of C or better must be earned in each English course presented for major credit.
Major Requirements
Core Courses
ENGL 2273Literary and Cultural Analysis3
ENGL 2283Critical Methods: Texts/Contexts/Theories /Critics3
or ENGL 3843 Theory Now
Choose one of the following pairs of survey courses:6
World Literature to 1700
and World Literature, 1700 to Present
English Literature from 1375 to 1700
and English Literature from 1700 to the Present
American Literature
and American Literature
Capstone Course
ENGL 4853The English Capstone Course3
Writing Courses
Choose four courses from the Writing Courses list, three of which must be upper-division12
Major Electives
Choose three additional ENGL courses9
Total Credit Hours36

Multicultural Course

All English majors must complete one Multicultural course. This course may be used to satisfy either one of the Writing course requirements, or one of the additional Major Electives. Consult the Department of English website and the Undergraduate Adviser for current courses that meet the Multicultural requirement.

Major Support Requirements

Proficiency in one language is required as demonstrated by proficiency examination or successful completion of 1 semester of intermediate coursework in a language taught in Classics, Native American Studies, or Modern Languages departments. (Successful completion = grade of C or better in the intermediate-level course.)0-3
Total Credit Hours0-3

English Writing Courses List

ENGL 2113Intermediate Writing3
ENGL 2123Creative Writing3
ENGL 2133Autobiographical Writing3
ENGL 3103Topics in Advanced Composition3
ENGL 3113Nature/Environment/Science Writing3
ENGL 3123Fiction Writing3
ENGL 3133Poetry Writing3
ENGL 3143Studies in Literacy and Rhetoric3
ENGL 3163Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities3
ENGL 3173Histories of Writing, Rhetoric and Technology3
ENGL 3183Digital Composing3
ENGL 3193Working with Writers3
ENGL 3223Oklahoma Writers/Writing Oklahoma3
ENGL 4923Advanced Fiction Writing3
ENGL 4933Advanced Poetry Writing3
ENGL 4943Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing3

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of English academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and English major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
Math (Core I) 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
Free Elective, lower-division 2
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore
First Semester
ENGL 2273 Literary and Cultural Analysis (Core IV Artistic Forms) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
World Literature to 1700  
English Literature from 1375 to 1700 (Core IV Western Culture)  
American Literature (Core IV Western Culture)  
P SC 1113 American Federal Government 3
Intermediate Language 1 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Choose one of the following: 3
World Literature, 1700 to Present  
English Literature from 1700 to the Present  
American Literature  
ENGL 2283
Critical Methods: Texts/Contexts/Theories /Critics
or Theory Now
3
ENGL Writing Requirement, lower- or upper-division 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
Social Science (Core III) 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
ENGL Writing Requirement, upper-division 3
ENGL Major Elective, upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL Major Elective, upper-division 3
ENGL Writing Requirement, upper-division 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
ENGL Major Elective, upper-division 3
ENGL Writing Requirement, upper-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 4853 The English Capstone Course 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 2
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours120